Social influence is a major factor in why people do what they do.
Make sure you are never the reason some people give for having chosen the lower road.
In this recording, I tell the story of a future NBA star who was encouraged to make the right choice on the basis that others would see what he chose and some would follow in his footsteps.
Don’t Become the Reason
The other day I heard a great story. I don’t know all the details and so I am not going to share names or exact details about it but I want to share the principle and which is the most important.
There was a pretty famous athlete who was a professional basketball player for many years. When he was younger, he wanted to be involved in something that was great and he was trying to decide whether he should do it or not, he had a little hesitation though. So he went and spoke with one of his church leaders and the last said –you know what! I am not going to tell you what to do, it’s your choice. But let me give one piece of advice. You are an example and people are going to look to you and all I can say is ‘don’t become the reason that’s somebody else doesn’t go. In other words, people are going to watch, people are going to see us, they are going to know what we are doing and you never want to become the reason why somebody does something bad or chooses not to do something that’s good.
What a great principle. Don’t become the reason!
Jesus of Nazareth in the bible often uses those examples (beware/ behold).
And all around us, we see people doing those things that are good and those that are bad.
Let’s make a commitment in our lives to be the reason for some people to do good things. And never become the reason that some people would do bad things.
Let us make choices and stand as examples.
Let’s seek to have a great influence and to be the kind of people that can be followed.
You and I know both that we are being bombarded from all sides with so much noise. Thus, we all of us need mentors, heroes and examples.
Let’s become people that others can look to for an example.
Let us never be the reason that somebody doesn’t go and let us always try to be the reason that somebody does do the good thing and the right thing.